- Seems like old Zuma ain't about to become and artist after all
- eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede shut down the album allegations on Tuesday and made it clear that there is no such thing as a Zuma album
- Thembinkosi Ngcobo was the one who initially sparked the rumours of the alleged Zuma album
If you were looking forward to the release of Zuma’s alleged album, best you put the brakes on. eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has shut down rumours that Zuma will be releasing an album.
Many of us were under the impression that our former president had taken on a new venture in his days of retirement, but we seem to have been sadly mistaken.
Briefly.co.za learnt that there the Zuma album does not even exist. The Mayor stated that protocols were not followed in the commissioning of the alleged album, and therefore there is no album, reported News24.
On Tuesday at the first executive committee meeting of 2019, Mayor Gumede stated that there is no official plan for the Metro to record an album with former president Jacob Zuma.
"The protocol was not followed, and we are prepared to speak on the items once we get a full briefing. For now, there is no such thing. I don't want the name of the former president dragged through the mud with something that does not exist. I want to put that on record," stated Mayor Gumede.
Apparently municipal leaders only came to know of the alleged album when they read it in the news. Gumede was extremely frustrated by all of this and continued to make her point very clear.
"No one told us about it. Under normal circumstances, politicians make political announcements. As the ANC deployed mayor, I would have briefed ANC caucus first before making such announcements," mayor Gumede said.
Mayor Gumede went on to scold the media for distributing news on an alleged album and causing a fuss over something that did not even exist.
"Whatever the media is writing, it must be from me or the city manager and not from other people. It has been all over] and it must be laid to rest," expressed Mayor Gumede
It seems that the whole album rumour sparked from the time Parks, Recreation and Culture head Thembinkosi Ngcobo, met with Zuma in Nkandla.
The interested was in recording the undocumented struggle songs that Zuma sang.
Ngcobo told News24 that on either April 10 or 11, during the Articulate Africa project, they will record Zuma live.
According to Ngcobo, the City had pre-allocated monies in its budget to fund art projects like this. They had recorded many youths in the city previously without question.
Apparently the project is in support of the Recreation and Culture mandate to encourage social cohesion, arts, culture and heritage.
Despite what Ngcobo previously said, Mayor Gumede has made it pretty clear, there is no album!
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